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Arguably one of the eeriest spots in Paris, the Paris Catacombs is an unusual, yet stunning form of art – made of human skeletons. As Paris grew into a major European hub, so did its population. So much so that the cemeteries overflowed by the 17th century. To accommodate the growing population, the dead were buried in the limestone quarries beneath the streets. Finally, when the walls around the quarries fell, the skeletons were then shifted to what we now know as the Paris Catacombs.
If you’re planning a visit, read on to know everything about Paris Catacombs tickets, best time to visit, what to see, and more. 

 Post-COVID-19 Safety Measures at the Paris Catacombs

  • It is recommended that guests book their Paris Catacombs tickets online to minimize contact.
  • All visitors must wear masks throughout the duration of their visit.
  • Social distancing norms are to be followed at all times. 
  • Hand sanitizers are placed at the entrance for public use. 
  • Group tours are temporarily suspended until further notice to maintain social distancing.

All Your Paris Catacombs Tickets & Tour Options

The Paris Catacombs are one of the most popular attractions in the city, due to their mysterious nature and oddly fascinating display of millions of dead Parisians. Guests can choose from a variety of Paris Catacombs tickets, depending on their preference: general admission tickets, priority access tickets, guided tours, or combo tickets. 
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, it is recommended to buy tickets online to maximize contactless entry. You need to carry a valid ID along with the mobile voucher that will be mailed to you shortly after you book your tickets.

Skip the Lines

Guided Tours

Admission Tickets

Combo Tours

These tickets include exclusive skip-the-line access to the Paris Catacombs as well as a multilingual audio guide for an exciting experience.

Why go for this ticket?

  • Enjoy skip-the-line entry into the Paris Catacombs and save time.
  • With your audio guides, gain an in-depth understanding of the history and significance of the Catacombs. 

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Skip the long waiting lines and quickly enter the thrilling Paris Catacombs. Upgrade your ticket with an audio guide to learn more about this unusual attraction.  
If you want to delve a little deeper into the history of these catacombs and of the city itself, book guided Paris Catacombs tours. 

Why go for this ticket?

  • With your multilingual tour guide, get a behind-the-scenes understanding at the history of the catacombs.
  • Get priority access into the catacombs and avoid waiting in long lines. 
  • Visit the secret parts of the catacombs not open to the general public. 

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Skip the lines and explore the Paris Catacombs to the fullest, including special access to sections restricted to the general public, with your expert tour guide.
This is a no-frills option that gives you direct entry and complete access to the underground tunnels. 

Why go for this ticket?

  • If you are on a budget, this is the lowest priced ticket you can find online.
  • Experience the visual artistry of the skeletal remains of millions of Parisians.
  • Get a full refund on cancelation up to 24 hours before your visit.

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Enjoy the visual beauty of the Paris Catacombs on a budget with these general admission tickets. 
Get exclusive access to a scenic 1hr Seine River cruise along with the Paris  Catacombs tours. The beautiful cruise is a good breather after the grim catacombs!

Why go for this ticket?

  • It includes a 1hr Seine River cruise
  • Get skip-the-line entry into the Catacombs
  • Audio guides are available in 4 languages.

Recommended experiences

Take your time exploring the Paris Catacombs with the audio guide assisting you. Then, relax and unwind with the 1hr Seine River cruise

Plan Your Visit to the Paris Catacombs

Opening Hours

Getting There

Facilities

Visitor Guidelines

What are Paris Catacomb’s opening hours?
The Paris Catacombs are open from Tuesday to Sunday between 9:45 AM to 8:30 PM. The ticket window closes at 7:30 PM.
When are the Paris Catacombs closed?
The Paris Catacombs are closed on Mondays, 1 January, 1 May, and 25 December.
What is the best time to visit the Paris Catacombs?
It’s best to visit the catacombs in dry weather as the floor can be uneven and slippery. The best time would be during weekdays during early morning hours or late evening to encounter smaller crowds.
How long should I spend at the Paris Catacombs?
You would need at least an hour to span this 1.5 km circuit.
Where are the Paris Catacombs located?
The Paris Catacombs are located at 1, Avenue du Colonel Henri Rol-Tanguy (place Denfert-Rochereau), 75014-Paris.
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Where is the exit to the Paris Catacombs?
The exit is located at 21 bis, Avenue René-Coty.
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Can I take the metro to the Paris Catacombs?
You can take a metro to Denfert-Rochereau station. The Catacombs are a mere 1 minute walk from here.
Can I take the bus to the Paris Catacombs?
Yes, busses 38 and 68 take you to the Paris Catacombs.
Is a storage facility available at the Paris Catacombs?
Currently no storage rooms are available inside the catacombs. Please avoid carrying large bags or luggage.
Are the Paris Catacombs accessible by differently-abled visitors?
Unfortunately, the site is not wheelchair accessible since it involves descending several steps underground and navigating through an uneven path. However, sight-disabled visitors can be accompanied by a companion and guide dog.
Are audio guides available at the Paris Catacombs?
Yes, you can rent an audio guide at the catacombs for €5. Alternatively, you can book tickets that include audio guide facility.
How many steps to go down to the Paris Catacombs?
It’s 131 steps to go down and 112 steps to climb up the catacombs.
Is photography allowed at the Paris Catacombs?
Yes. However, flash photography and the use of selfie sticks or tripods is not allowed.
Are outside food and drinks permitted inside the Paris Catacombs?
No, smoking, outside food and drinks are not permitted in the catacombs.
Do the Paris Catacombs have any health restrictions in place for visitors?
Individuals with a motor disability, individuals with cardiac or respiratory insufficiency, pregnant women, and individuals with mental health issues are advised to avoid the tour.
What should I wear at the Paris Catacombs?
It is recommended that visitors wear a light sweater or carry-on since temperatures go as low as 14º celsius.

What to Expect at the Paris Catacombs?

The Catacombs have myriad structures and landmarks of historical significance that you need to explore once you are inside. Here is what you can expect on a Paris Catacombs tour.

Port Mahon Sculpture

Before the catacombs became underground ossuaries, they were a stone quarry used to build the city above. One of the early miners here named Décure was the former soldier in the army of King Louis XV. He carved 3 sculptures here, recounting his memories of the war, which stands today as a testament to his skill and his courageous life.

Underground Well

A well within the walled property of one of the subway passages was dug to receive the unearthed remains of one of the overflowing cemeteries called Les Innocents'.  Thus, the property became a sort of museum for all the headstones, artifacts, and other sculptures.

Barrel of Passion

This structure is a barrel-shaped piece of art made of bones and skulls. The design of it was inspired by the shape of Obelix from the cartoon Astrix and Obelix. This eerie display became famous after an illegal concert was held in the catacombs in 1897.

The Ossuary

The word ossuary means a structure that serves as the final resting place of human skeletal remains. Catacombs of Paris are famous because of these ossuaries, which display beautiful arrangements of the departed.

Things to do Around The Paris Catacombs

Paris is arguably one of the most popular tourist destinations. If you're looking for things to do in the city of Paris, Here are a few sites you can add to your itinerary.

Seine River Cruise

Experience the true beauty of the French city by taking to the waters on a Seine River Cruise. On the calm waters, discover iconic sights like the Eiffel Tower, Louvre Museum, Orsay Museum and more. With delicious meals and the ultimate sightseeing vantage point, a Seine River Cruise cannot be missed.

Louvre Museum

Explore the world’s largest art museum and a historic monument, the Louvre Museum. Best known for being home to the iconic Mona Lisa, the museum gives you an insight into Renaissance art which changed the world. Book Louvre Museum tickets for a tour of awe-inspiring art.

Notre Dame

Widely considered one of the finest examples of French Gothic architecture, the Notre Dame is a medieval Catholic cathedral that was consecrated to Virgin Mary. It is a treat for all the architecture and history buffs with its distinct decoration and structure. Browse through Notre Dame tickets.

Paris Pantheon

One of the best-preserved Ancient Roman buildings of all time, the Pantheon was built in the year 609 as Roman Temple. Its large circular domed cella and temple portico front inspired and continues to inspire architects. Book Paris Pantheon tickets.

Eiffel Tower

The Eiffel Tower is a structure synonymous with Paris and rightfully so! This wrought iron lattice tower, which is now a global cultural icon, was considered ‘crazy’ at the time of its construction. It embodies the bold artistic genius of Paris that we know and love it for. Browse through our extensive collection of Eiffel Tower tickets.

Paris Catacombs Tickets FAQs

Are the Paris Catacombs now open to visitors?
Yes, the Paris Catacombs are open to visitors now with strict safety restrictions in place.
What safety measures are in place at the Paris Catacombs?
Guests can book their tickets online to minimize social contact and restrict visitor capacity. Social distancing norms and use of masks is mandatory. Hand sanitizers are also available at the entrance.
Are Paris Catacombs tickets and tours available online now?
Yes, the Paris Catacombs tickets are available online. Guests are advised to book their tickets online in advance to get their preferred date and time of visit.
How many visitors are permitted into the Paris Catacombs at a time?
Visitor capacity has been restricted to 200 for safety and security reasons.
What are the different types of Paris Catacombs tickets?
Visitors can choose to book standard admission tickets, guided tours, skip-the-line tickets, and combo tours.
Are guided Paris Catacombs tours available now?
Yes, guided Paris Catacombs tours are available now in small groups.
Are any discounts available on Paris Catacombs tickets and tours?
Yes, on presentation of a valid ID, visitors between ages 18-26 get reduced pricing on their ticket. Visitors under the age of 18, differently-abled visitors enjoy free admission into the Catacombs. 
What is the cancelation policy for Paris Catacombs tickets?
It is best to read the cancellation policy for each type of ticket. Some may give you a free cancellation and others may have a strict cancellation policy.
Is skip-the-line access included with Paris Catacombs tours?
General admission tickets do not include slip-the-line access. However, you can choose to book specific skip-the-line access tickets or guided tours which include priority access.
Are audio guides available at the Paris Catacombs?
Yes. You can either rent an audio guide for €5 or choose a ticket that includes one.
What are Paris Catacombs’ opening hours?
From Tuesday to Sunday, the Paris Catacombs are open between 9:45 AM to 8:30 PM. The ticket window closes at 7:30 PM.
What is the best time to visit the Paris Catacombs?
The best time to visit the Paris Catacombs is on weekdays, during early mornings or late evenings, to avoid crowds.
How do I get to the Paris Catacombs?
The entrance to Paris Catacombs is across the street from the Denfert-Rochereau station. You can reach the catacombs via metro line 2, RER line B, or by bus (38 & 68). There is a paid parking lot available at Boulevard Saint-Jacques. The closest metro station to the exit will be Mouton Duverney.
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